Crystal Palace came short of signing one of their top targets this summer and his agent has revealed that he can understand why it didn’t happen.
CSKA Moscow’s Fedor Chalov, 21, has been on Palace’s radar for much of the summer. The club had allegedly had numerous bids rejected for the forward, including a ‘significant’ bid on the final day (According to Russian outlet Championat, via Russia Today journalist Danny Armstrong).
Palace were after a striker after Michy Batshuayi returned to Chelsea after a loan spell at Palace. Despite joining in January, Batshuayi finished as Palace’s top scorer as a conventional striker, bagging five times. However, the club were unable to strike a deal with anyone else, despite alleged attempts for other strikers, such as Britt Assombalonga, as per Football League World.
Now Chalov’s agent has come out and spoken about Palace’s attempt for the forward – who he describes as CSKA’s most important player – saying that he can see why the club snubbed the offer from the South London club.
“Fedor is one of the most striking football players in Europe, and the increased interest in him is completely justified,” he told Russian publication Championat .
“Especially from the side of one Premier League club [Crystal Palace], which made a significant offer, but CSKA refused to sell the player.
“The position of CSKA is completely understandable – they have serious goals, and Fedor is the most important player for them. We will follow the development of events and are sure that in any case Fedor has a great future.”
Palace may end up ruing their failure to sign the Russian forward considering their lack of choices up top.
Over the last league campaign, Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew – Palace’s strike force for the upcoming season – only managed two goals between them, proving that more goals were needed.
Chalov won the Golden Boot last season in the Russian Premier League, scoring 15 goals, proving his ability to find the net at the age of just 21.
Additionally, he has the all-round game to bring others into play, according to a scout report from Total Football Analysis. As well as his obvious finishing talents, his link-up play has been highlighted, noting his ability to come short and play as well as get in behind.
The link-up play is something which would be important to Palace. A lot of goals came through Palace’s wingers last season, with 10 for Wilfried Zaha and six for Andros Townsend – more than any of Palace’s strikers – so it’s important that they can link well. According to WhoScored, he’s currently averaging 2.3 key passes per game in the Russian Premier League. To put that into context, no one in their squad last season averaged more.
It’s a shame Palace couldn’t sign Chalov as for the reasons previously mentioned. They could really do with him.
Palace now only have Ayew, Benteke and Wickham until January, which could be problematic given their recent history in front of goal.
It would not be surprising to see Palace go in for Chalov again if he continues this form. The board will be under pressure to sign another striker in January if Benteke and co don’t fix up. And based on all of the above, he could still be a good option in the future for the Eagles.
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